August 13, 2020

Welcome to TCFinTouch!
The e-newsletter of
Trail Christian Fellowship

Important Ministry Update:
Join us either outside
or inside this Summer!
Sundays
Outdoor Sanctuary
7:15am | 9:00am
Children & Youth Ministries Provided at 9am only
Please bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

Indoor Worship Center
11:00am
Children's Ministry (Age 0-5) & Youth Ministry (Grade 6-12) Provided



Wednesdays
Baptism Courtyard
6:30pm
Children & Youth Ministries Provided


Masks required for ages 5 and up when meeting indoors.
Children’s Ministry (Nursery- 5th grade) is held in the Youth Center.

The Youth Ministry (6th – 12th grade) will continue to meet outdoors. We suggest having a mask just in case they move inside or can’t social distance outside.

Join the TCF family from wherever you're at!

Note: Live Streaming is currently not available from outdoor venues, however we will make online content available as soon as possible!

Sunday 9am Service
Available Online by 1pm the same Sunday

Wednesday 6:30pm Service
Available Online by 10am the following Thursday
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From Our Pastors
On the Wicked Life

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
Psalm 1 (ESV)

This wonderful psalm outlines the path to a blessed life. In our last article on this passage (which see), I emphasized the importance of meditating on God’s word, the nourishing, refreshing, life-giving, soul-building dynamic that God’s voice brings into the hearts of people who know him. But there is a dark backdrop in this psalm as well, and it is important. The theme of wickedness and judgment runs through the psalm from the first verse to the last.

A brief review of the previous article reminds us that the psalmist tells us what not to do if we want a life of blessing in God. He says not to put our minds or actions at the service of wicked, sinning, scoffing people. “Wicked” means evil, guilty, morally wrong-headed. “Sinners” refers to those who deliberately disregard what God says about things, especially moral and ethical things, and who therefore “miss the mark” of real goodness. They do this on purpose. Our culture hates the term sin because it smacks of religious self-righteousness (which is a bad thing of course, but not worse than the currently rampant secular self-righteousness). Yet, it is a serious category, whatever vocabulary one uses to describe it. A “sinner” is one who rejects God’s will and ways in favor of their own, and who therefore exists outside God’s covenant blessing. “Scoffer” (ESV), also translated “Mocker” (NIV), refers to people who take pride in rebelling against God. They use disdain, slander, ridicule, and cultural arrogance to put down obedience to the Lord. They make fun of God’s word and moral goodness. Why does this psalm open a meditation on the blessed life with a warning like this? Well, because deep in the fallen human soul (all of our souls) there festers a nature bent away from God and toward evil (John 3:18-19). We all must face this fact squarely or we will not grasp the meaning of the blessed life as a contrast to it.

It is quite politically incorrect these days to seriously consider and discuss the fact that humans by nature may be (indeed are) truly wicked, evil (sinners), and contemptuous of genuine virtue (scoffers). There is an underlying presupposition in the modern west, rooted in the seedbed of the 18th century “Enlightenment,” nourished by old liberal theology and evolutionary philosophy, and promoted heavily today under the heading of “secular society,” that humans are not really all that bad. The innate goodness of human nature is a dogma pumped regularly into the moral education of our youth through the main systems of public education, entertainment (some), and politics. The assumption is that what causes injustice, violence, crime, and chaos in our world is lack of education, shortage of money, and the presence of unjust social structures. People are not the problem, society is. People are noble and good; social institutions are oppressive and corrupting. This notion traces to Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), an Enlightenment philosopher who profoundly influenced western thought. A man deeply committed to himself, he persuaded his girlfriend (whom he finally married a few years before his death) to abandon their five children to the hell-holes that passed for orphanages in 18th century Europe.

Scripture sheds a bright light on these assumptions, revealing deep and fatal cracks in them (Read Romans chapters 1-3 for a synopsis). From Genesis through Revelation, from the time of humanity’s rebellion against God to the time of God’s final destruction of all evil, the evidence shows that humans left to themselves degenerate into murder and mayhem. An honest look at recorded history, both in the Bible and outside it, agrees completely with this sobering assessment. Our massive penal and legal system, with all its laws and police departments bears constant witness to the clear reality that we need forceful protection from each other. Why would that be the case if humans were noble and good by nature (Rousseau’s idea)? War rages regularly and with increasing severity from ancient times to the present day. The previous century (the 20th) was the most violent in a long and deepening historical blood bath. Man’s attempts at utopia (perfect society without God) in that one era alone cost millions of lives. Think of Communism in Russia, Nazism in Germany, Emperor worship in Japan, Marxism in Mao’s China and Pol Pot’s Cambodia (all atheist regimes by the way) and more. David Berlinski (not a Christian), in his controversial 2009 book, The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions, records almost 200 million deaths from at least 63 wars and genocides in the previous 100 years. And that’s just the big ones (casualties in excess of 100,000). The crimson river of torture, mass murder, violence, and an almost endless variety of injustices finds its headwaters in the distant and misty highlands of antiquity. One observer pointed out that the brief eras of peace in world history are represented by the few blank pages between chapters in the history books.

Note, too, that Psalm 1 refers to a final judgment, a permanent decision in the court of God against all humans who do unrepentant evil. It is not just “evil” as an abstract concept, but “evil, wicked people” that receive this condemnation (Matt.7:21-23). This is another subject conspicuous by its absence in education, entertainment, politics, and public discourse. Can you imagine the Nightly News outlining the traumas of the day and ending the broadcast with, “…and so, folks, that’s our world today. God sees it all and will certainly and permanently judge it, so we should repent and pursue righteousness, goodness and justice before that sobering day.” Don’t hold your breath.

Nobody today wants to think about hell. But the blessed life of Psalm 1 wisely takes it into account. One reason for this in the New Covenant is that the Lord Jesus warned about final judgment regularly and taught his apostles to do the same (see Matt.10:26-28; Mark 9:42-48; Luke 13:1-5; 2 Thess. 1:5-10; Rev.20:11-15). The whole idea of “being saved” refers to a supernatural rescue from the judgment of God against humanity’s sin (see Romans 1:16-32; 3:23; 6:23). A central tenet of the mythology of atheism/secularism is that when we die, we simply cease to exist. This is good news indeed for those who have rejected God and lived the “chaff life” described in Psalm 1. It means that no matter what we do here and now, when we die we simply disappear. Poof! Gone! I wonder if the thinkers who affirm this notion and yet insist that we all should live morally good lives have thought through the fact that if their view is true (that we are here by accident, coming from nothing and disappearing into nothing) then people like Hitler (and there are many) essentially get away with all their evil. No judgment in the next life means that after killing millions and plunging the western world into the inferno that was WWII, he could simply marry (!?) his long-time girlfriend Eva in their honeymoon/suicide bunker deep under Berlin, share a cyanide snack with his bride, shoot himself and slip painlessly into nothingness. Where’s the justice in that? Even Immanuel Kant, the massively important Enlightenment philosopher who taught (mistakenly) that we can’t know anything certain about God or the noumenal realm, nevertheless insisted that there must be a God who judges in the next life. He realized that some sort of eternal accounting is crucial to maintaining justice in this world. However one wishes to define or describe hell, it must be there, or justice in this age loses all backbone. People need to consider this.

So…is there any good news? Of course! Once we realize that we are all chaff to begin with, dead in our transgressions and sins (Eph.2:1-3; Rom.3:23), we can reach out to the Lord to bring us to life (Eph.2:4-10; Rom.6:23), turning us into healthy trees with roots, leaves and fruit. Chaff is botanical, like a tree, but it is not alive. Chaff is the husk. It blows away in the winnowing process because it has no life in itself. The gospel is the good news that any of us “chaff people” can be brought to life, miraculously given God’s own DNA in Christ, re-birthed as it were by the eternal seed of the gospel of grace (1 Pet.1:22-25).

Just a thought,
Pastor Rick
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Register to Vote
Oregon Voter Registration forms are available for those who haven’t registered,
have moved or need to make an update.
Visit the table in the Pavilion on Sunday or go to 

Don’t miss your opportunity to vote on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Jackson County Elections: 541.774.6148
Coming Events
GriefShare 2020

This is a 13-week series on grief recovery that occurs Monday evenings from 6:30 - 8:30pm, September 14 - December 7. Topics include: grief's journeys, challenges, coping, heaven and more. No child care and cost is $25. You're welcome to attend a class before paying to see if it's a good fit for you, but please register first.

Leaders: Dave & Leslie Pfeifle: 541.878.2363 or griefshare@trail.org

Registration Opens August 14

Divorce Recovery Workshop
September 17-19
Outreach
TPC Baby Bottle Drive Ends Soon

If you picked up a baby bottle this summer, please return it to TCF by August 26 or to the TPC Office (2019 Aero Way #103, Medford, 97504). There are still some empty bottles available if you want to make a donation (money and/or check). You may also make a donation at their webpage: https://thepregnancycenter.us/
Green Bag Update
There’s been a 60% increase in the need for food and a 75% decrease in food donations
If you’d like to continue supporting the Eagle Point Food Project, donate at eaglepointfoodproject.com or mail a check to: 

Eagle Point Food Project
P.O. Box 706
Eagle Point, OR 97524 
Eagle Point Food Project is a non-profit 501©(3) corporation
 
For food pantries and updates go to accesshelps.org
or call Access 541.779.6691 (Mon-Thur). 
Questions? email outreach@trail.org or call 541.878.3501 ext. 704
Men's Ministry
Men's Outdoor Prayer Breakfast

Men are invited to join us for a free breakfast and devotional prayer time led by TCF Pastors or Elders. Donations gratefully accepted.

NOTE: We are currently meeting in the outdoor Pavilion.
Youth Ministry
Teen Outing: Sky Lakes Wilderness
August 20
10am-4pm

Cost is $5. Permission slip required. Space is limited. Bring lunch, water bottle, hiking shoes, 
sun block, modest swim suit (under hiking clothes), towel and a backpack (optional).

Rob Milton: 541.878.3501 or robert@trail.org 
August 30
Rafting. Leaving the church at 1pm and returning at 6pm. Things to bring: modest swim suit, sunblock, water bottle, and life jacket (optional). $15
Children's Ministry
Dog Days of Summer
Wednesdays June 17 - August 26
Every Wednesday evening throughout the summer months, we offer “Dog Days of Summer”; TCF’s Children's Ministry for kids 4 years old through 5th grade. Food is served at 6:35pm in the Pavilion, followed by Soccer skills training, and finishing with a lesson from God’s word. Our missions focus this summer is the Pregnancy Center. Children ages nursery through 3 years old meet in Room 2.

Debbie 541.878.3501 or debbie@trail.org

Note: Background checks are required for the safety of our children.
AWANA begins September 9

4 years through 5th grade.
Details coming next week.
Volunteers needed.
Debbie Conley: 541.261.2605
Prayer Warriors by Email
If you would like to be a regular part of praying for the Children's Ministry and receive an email prayer letter periodically to keep up with what God is doing with the next generation, email debbie@trail.org to get on the list. This will be a blind copy email and your email address will not be shared with others.
Debbie Conley: 541.878.3501
Celebrate Recovery
 Celebrate Recovery
A Christian 12 step program for those struggling with addiction, abuse or other hurts, habits or hang-ups. We meet in the Pavilion every Tuesday at 6:30pm. Come at 6pm and bring your own food if you'd like to share a meal with us.
No nursery or child care program available at this time.
 
If you have questions call the Church Office 541.878.3501 or send an email to celebraterecovery@trail.org. You can also keep up with Celebrate Recovery on our Facebook page.


Come Rejoice
For anyone with hurts, habits or hang-ups.

Viewing extended until August 15.
The Summit has ended, but…
you can still register and get all of the session replays to view on your own device, at your convenience.
Featured speaker Dr. John Townsend.
$49 per person
Register at crsummits.com
Talks include:
Healing from codependency
Sexual integrity
Guarding your mental health
Restoration and forgiveness
Recovery for teens
Prisoners and Native Americans
Testimonies
The Skit Guys
and much more!
Area Events
Local Service Opportunity
 
On behalf of our Founder/President, Ron Asphole, and the Helping Hands International (HHI) team, I wanted to share the following local Service Opportunity scheduled for 08/15/20-08/29/20, namely the Hope Community Park!  
 
HHI has partnered with the Salvation Army to build an outdoor activities area (equipped with raised garden beds, sports court, outdoor eating area, amphitheater, splash pad etc.) adjacent to their Hope House, a transitional living facility for individuals and families facing homeless in Jackson County, as part of our annual Southern Oregon Makeover project!
 
We are praying for approximately 195 volunteers, spread out over a two week period (which equates to about 14 volunteers a day), to help us build this outdoor park and would love for you to help us spread the word!
 
For more information about this project, click here; for more information about HHI click here; and, for questions/comments, feel free to reply to Stefani Khaleel <hhandsstefani@gmail.com> - thank you!
August 10th, 2020
 
Friends,
We have a young lady in need of placement at Grace House. She has just been rescued from her trafficker and her parents are desperate to get her to a safe place of healing. Mom and Dad love their daughter and never dreamed that their own child would be a victim of sex trafficking. No one ever does.
 
This family does not have insurance to cover the cost of residential treatment, but we are taking this young lady in, regardless, and are trusting that we will find a way to support her. A guardian angel sponsor has come forward and is offering to pay for almost half the cost of her treatment each month. We are looking for a second angel, or sponsors, who might want to play a part in her healing. Let me be completely transparent with you, the cost of providing a safe treatment home for these girls is very expensive. We are looking to raise the amount still needed, $2,500 each month, to support this young lady's healing.
 
If you are reading this message and you feel in your heart that it was meant for you, would you please contact us? I would be honored to talk with you about how you could make all the difference for this girl and her family. 
 
With gratitude,
Kirsten Arreguin
Executive Director
The 2020 Golf Challenge, features a four-person scramble with 7:15 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. shotguns and banquet seating at 6:30 p.m. Be a part of a long tradition while helping thousands of kids throughout the Rogue Valley. Youth 71Five Ministries is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit Christ-Centered organization supported through the generosity of individuals, foundations and businesses like you.
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